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WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Brewers beaten-up by Pirates again

MILWAUKEE - Pedro Alvarez lost his starting job earlier this season, but he took advantage when his manager put him in the lineup Saturday.  Alvarez homered twice as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat Milwaukee 10-2. 

He was starting for only the eighth time this month and was starting at first base for only the second time in his career.  The big guy also stole a base as the Pirates moved to within four games of first place.  Brewer starter Wily Peralta gave up both homers and another round-tripper to catch Russell Martin.  The loss cut Milwaukee’s lead over St. Louis in the National Central Division to just one-half game.  Pittsburgh starter Edinson Volquez wasn’t dominant, but he pitched out of trouble and picked up his 11th win.  Scooter Gennett hit his ninth home run for Milwaukee.  The Brewers send righty Mike Fiers to the mount this afternoon.  Pittsburgh answers with Vance Worley.


A first-quarter injury against the Oakland Raiders in Friday’s preseason game will force nose tackle B.J. Raji to the sidelines for the entire season.  Raji tore his biceps and will be placed on the physically unable to play list.  Coach Mike McCarthy is expected to deal with the situation today when the team practices.  The 330-pound Raji had moved inside from defensive end this year.  Alternatives include undrafted rookie free agent Mike Pennel who has had a strong camp.  There’s also second-year player Josh Boyd and Letroy Guion, who was signed in the off-season.  He hasn’t been able to practice due to a hamstring injury. 


The toughest game of the season for the Wisconsin football team may be the first one.  The LSU Tigers will be waiting when the Badgers trudge in to NRG Stadium in Houston next Saturday.  LSU is coming off a 10-3 season and is predicted to finish third in the Southeastern Conference West behind Alabama and Auburn.  The Tigers have won their last 35 regular-season non-conference games under head coach Les Miles.  The Saturday game makes the first time Wisconsin has opened a season against a ranked opponent since 1997. 


Wisconsin’s Matt Kenseth finished in third place in the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol, Tennessee, Saturday night.  The solid performance kept Kenseth in fifth place in the Sprint Cup standings.  Joey Logano led for the last 44 laps, edging his teammates, Brad Keselowski.  Eau Claire’s Paul Menard finished ninth, but is still 19 points away from qualifying for the Chase for the Cup.


Madison golfer Jerry Kelly fired his second straight round of three-under-par 68  at The Barclays in the Fed-Ex Cup playoff.  Kelly is tied for 30th going into today’s final round of the first of four tournaments in the Cup competition.  He is six shots behind co-leaders Jason Day and Jim Furyk.  Rhinelander native Dan Forsman’s chances at the Boeing Classic are headed in the other direction.  He had a two-over-par 74 Saturday, falling into a tie for 36th.  Forsman trails third-round leader Scott Dunlap by 10 strokes.




--National League Central Division

Pittsburgh 10, Milwaukee 2

St. Louis 6, Philadelphia 5 (12)

--Regional Major League Action

New York 5, Chicago 3

Minnesota 12, Detroit 4 (DH)

Detroit 8, Minnesota 6 (DH)

--Midwest League

Quad Cities 5, Beloit 2

Wisconsin 11, Peoria 7

--High School Football (Saturday scores)

Madison Abundant Life Christian/Country Day/St. Ambrose 34, Marinette St. Thomas Aquinas/Lena 6

Bruce 38, Luck 34

New Auburn 41, Winter 0

Milwaukee Pius XI 34, Kenosha Saint Joseph’s 0

Racine Lutheran 47, St. John's NW Military Academy 0

Sheboygan Lutheran/Kohler/Sheboygan Christian 42, Living Word Lutheran 0

Siren 62, Birchwood 20

Oshkosh Valley Christian 54, Sevastopol 50